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Opening statements in Victor Hill trial begin Thursday

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday in the corruption trial of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

The prosecution and defense decided upon the trial's 12 jurors and two alternates Wednesday.

Unlike Monday, there were no pro Victor Hill demonstrators outside the Clayton County Courthouse as potential jurors showed up for days two and three of the trial. 

But that didn't stop the court from asking scores of potential jurors if they'd been influenced by those protestors or anything else about the controversial sheriff. 

MORE | Timeline of Victor Hill corruption case

"Anyone familiar or believe they were familiar with 27 deputies getting fired on his first or second day in office?" defense attorney Steven Frey asked a group of jury prospects. 

Victor Hill in court for hearing ahead of corruption trial

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was in court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing, days ahead of the start of his corruption trial.

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Clayton authorities search for two suspects near Tara Blvd.

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for two suspects who fled the scene of an accident in Jonesboro on Friday afternoon. 

Officials say the suspects and Clayton County officers engaged in a brief pursuit after the suspects failed to stop during a routine traffic stop. 

According to authorities, the two ran away after crashing into another car. 

The accident happened near Mt. Zion and Tara Boulevard. 

No further information has been released, at this time. 

Suspect at large after Riverdale SWAT situation

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A SWAT situation in Clayton County has ended, but a suspect is still at large Friday morning.

The incident began at around 8 p.m. Thursday. Clayton County Police Capt. Tina Daniels said it started as a dispute between a man and woman.

The victim told police that her boyfriend, 26-year-old Michael Nesmith Jr., hit her several times with a .45 caliber handgun and fired the weapon near her head out the window of their car as they drove down Interstate 75 south.

The woman got out of the car and called 911 at the Shell gas station on Highway 85 in Riverdale, according to Clayton County Police Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser.

Investigators found Nesmith's car in the driveway of his house at the corner of Peachtree Lane and Peachtree Terrace in Riverdale, Daniels said. A SWAT team surrounded the house, but Nesmith was gone by the time officers entered.

11 Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, July 30

(WXIA) -- Below is a list of the top local and national stories making headlines Tuesday morning. Start your day informed with the 11 Things You Need to Know! 

1. Florida gas plant blast

Gladly no one died, but massive explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant, sending seven people to area hospitals.

2. Body found in breezeway

A man's body was found in a breezeway of a College Park apartment building Tuesday morning.

3. Andrea Sneiderman no longer under house arrest

Funeral service set for 13 year old killed in shooting

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The funeral service for 13-year old Steven Diaz is scheduled for Friday at the Mission San Felipe de Jesus at 925 Conley Road.

His mother says she feels peace knowing an arrest has been made in his death.

On Monday, Clayton County Police say Gilberto Gomez and Sergio Alvear, both 18, killed 13-year old Steven Diaz after a failed attempt to steal a truck.

Clayton County Police Maj. Johnny Robinson said Gomez pulled the trigger, while Alvear beat up Diaz' sister's truck and stole her necklace.

The two made their first appearance in magistrate court on Thursday and were denied bond.

Family of both suspects sat in the back of the courtroom, many of them crying.

A woman, identifying herself only as Gomez's girlfriend, described him as a family man and says if the allegations are true, they would be completely out of character. 

Motorcycle driver killed in Clayton County collision

REX, Ga. -- Evans Road closed Friday morning following a motorcycle accident that killed the driver.

The motorcyclist crashed into a mini-van at the intersection of Evans and Rex Roads, just off Interstate 675 around 5:00. 

Clayton County officer Phong Nguyen said the man, around 50 years old was taken to the hospital. He died shortly after from injuries. His name will be withheld until his family is notified.

Police determined that the accident was no hit and run. 

The road was closed during Friday morning's commute.